Bare Essentials

Thank you all SO much for your sweet and kind comments! They really do make my day :).

Well, I’m all done!! I can’t even believe it….I guess I’m not “really” done until January though when I walk and get my chef coat, diploma (sent over from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris!!!) and tall chef hat. I’m done with classes though and that’s all that matters right now!

This morning I snacked on half of this larabar:


And then for lunch I had the only thing in the kitchen:


These taste JUST like spaghettios! I had another huge apple with it to make it a meal


Not my ideal lunch and certainly pretty boring to blog about, but its all I have!! I’m sure dinner will more than make up for it tonight though!

So, this afternoon I FINALLY have my doctor’s appt to go over my MRI results. I’m keeping my fingers crossed….! And then tonight I’m going out to Roy’s with my roomie, Caitlin and Meghann to celebrate. The “party” at the wine bar had to be postponed because we really couldn’t figure out the driving situation since no one wanted to drive after going to a bar and also, it’s pretty expensive.Β  We still plan to have a fun dinner party at Roys, which will involve cocktails for sure! It will also be fun to see everyone I used to work with and say goodbye. Still can’t believe I’m moving on Saturday!

God willing I will be able to go for a run downtown after my doctor’s appt. The office IS downtown so I’m bringing my camelbak and wearing my running clothes with hopes of hitting my favorite trail around Lake Eola afterwards. Eeek!

Have a wonderful Thursday afternoon! TONS of pictures to come later πŸ™‚

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  • hk
    September 25, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    congratulations!!! such a fantastic accomplishment πŸ™‚ all the best with the MRI results, and of course have a blast tonight!!

  • bobbi
    September 25, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    Roys is wonderful. Sounds like a fun night! Congrats on being finished:)

  • Megan
    September 25, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    I can’t wait to hear about and see pics from tonight. Roy’s is one of my favorite places to eat!

  • Jenn
    September 25, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    how do you do front/side Planks? Do these really work to help tighten the waist line?

  • VeggieGirl
    September 25, 2008 at 5:01 pm


    PB Cookie Larabar = VERY favorable snack choice, of course πŸ˜‰

    Good luck with your doctor’s appointment; and have a BLAST at dinner tonight!!

  • polly
    September 25, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    Yay Jenna! I was gone all morning and never got to say Congrats!! πŸ™‚ You will be the sweetest chef ever! (get it… sweetest pastry chef?) hehee

    Oh! the side planks questions for jenn.. yes they totally tighten and tone your waist. We do them often in yoga and maybe Jenna will do a video demo sometime. They are one of my favorite poses!

  • tfh
    September 25, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    Congratulations on finishing! You have worked so hard and deserve a great celebration. Crossing my fingers that your MRI results help you resolve this issue and that it’s nothing serious.

  • arielle
    September 25, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    That’s awesome, congratulations! It must feel soooo good.

  • Christie I.
    September 25, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    Good luck with the MRI

  • Anon
    September 25, 2008 at 6:37 pm


    This is a rediculous question, but I just need some reassurance. I got down to 100/101 pounds and I’m 5?3?/5?4?. I have no clue what my ideal weight is, and I do have a history of anorexia. I’m trying to gain 2 to 5 pounds, and have been eating between 2100 and 3000 calories the past few weeks (probably close to or even a tiny bit lower than the lower number, I just estimate on the high end when I don’t know). I’m a little surprised I’m not more than this morning’s weight of 102. No reason to feel guilty, right? Thanks for letting me vent.
    Hope no one minds I posted on Kath’s blog too.

  • Ally
    September 25, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    yay Jenna! Congratulations! I’m really proud of you! Maybe someday you’ll have your own place and I’ll be able to taste some of your delicious looking creations! Hope all goes well at your appt this afternoon but I’m sure it’ll be fine! Have a great time tonight, you deserve a celebration!!

  • Sweetwavy
    September 25, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    Congratulations!!!!! πŸ™‚ Hope all is well at your appointment this afternoon! By the way, your lunch looks yummy!!! πŸ™‚

  • Justy2003
    September 25, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    Congrats on being finished! I’m sure it feels GREAT!
    Sounds like you ladies will have fun tonight…looking forward to the recap! πŸ™‚

  • mh
    September 25, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    everyones weight fluctuates everyday. I think if you are that concerned with a pound when you weigh so little, you should seek professional help before things worse! Good luck

  • Laura
    September 25, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    Jenna, thanks for answering my question on the soy pudding! The yogurt never actually made my stomach hurt, I just spent a little more time in the restroom if you know what I mean! I better not try it though because I don’t really enjoy that too much : )

    I had another question about sud-dried tomatoes. Are they just dried tomatoes? Do you know if they are like chewy. For some reason I imagine them to be like a raisin but with a tomato taste!


  • Alison
    September 26, 2008 at 12:13 am

    As a recovering anorexic, I know how hard it is to allow yourself to gain weight. If you are coming out of a starvation period, you will probably need alot of calories to gain weight. I was hosptialized and eating the required meal plan and losing weight at first! Your body does weird things after you abuse it by not eating enough. Anyway, my point is that eating 2000 calories or so will not neccesarily make you gain weight. And, i’m guessing your team (if you have one- if you don’t have one, def find a good nutrionist/doctor/therapist) is hoping you will put on more weight, because you are certainly under weight. I’m not sure what kind of progress you have made or where you have been so it’s hard to give good advice on the situation… but yes you are underweight. Your body won’t work properly unless you are eating enough and weigh enough.
    So yeah, good luck and try not to worry so much about the number I know, that’s WAY harder than it sounds. But, just keep in mind that you have lots of lbs to gain before you’re even at a ‘healthy’ weight.

  • michelle
    September 26, 2008 at 12:23 am

    Congrats again Jenna!!
    I have to ask this…how can you just eat half of the peanut butter cookie lara bar??? I gobble that down in a matter of minutes!!!


  • new runner
    September 26, 2008 at 1:27 am

    hi, are peanut butter cookie larabars REALLY good? bc i need to buy some new bars soon .. and i dont want tot invest in them only if they are so-so..

  • RD2be
    September 26, 2008 at 2:25 am


    Your ideal body weight using dietetic calculation methods would be 115-120 plus or minus 10% (115 if you are 5’3″, 120 if you are 5’4″). The plus or minus 10% depends on whether you have a smaller or larger frame. So, if you are small framed 104-108 may be okay, but you should speak to a doctor for a professional opinion. Without looking at you I couldn’t tell you if that would be too low.

    Good luck with getting healthy; please do seek professional help if you haven’t yet, it can be life changing.

  • meghan
    September 26, 2008 at 2:39 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! On to bigger and better, right? πŸ™‚ Enjoy your celebration tonight, you deserve it! Good luck with the well as with the big move!!

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